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Why should UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center develop a Comprehensive Women’s Cancer Care Program?
Excellence in clinical oncology care for women afflicted with breast and gynecologic cancers that is coordinated and comprehensive
- UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer has oncology specialists in Surgical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Pathology whose focus is on management of breast and gynecologic cancers.
- There are specialized, multi-disciplinary Tumor Boards that focus specifically on breast and gynecologic cancers, which is unique in the Sacramento community.
- There is a close-knit network of oncology nurses, social workers, and nutritionists who provide comprehensive oncology support.
- Physician specialists in genetics, pain management, and palliative care provide critical supportive oncology care.
- The Breast Health Program has recently been transferred to the Cancer Center. This program provides management of newly discovered breast lumps and cysts, which are often benign, but also lead to early diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Creation of the Women’s Cancer Care Program would increase the number of patients who seek state of the art care of their breast and gynecologic cancers, and would help support participation on clinical trials and oncology research.
Specialized support for women with breast and gynecologic cancers
- Patient support services including the unique WeCARE! Peer Navigation Support program provides one-on-one peer counseling for women with breast and gynecologic cancers.
- A concierge program would be available to assist newly diagnosed cancer patients, and their families to navigate the complex care system and help with communication among the providers.
- Support programs that reach out to ethnic women with breast and gynecologic cancers that are better adapted to their cultural background. For example, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has a Women's Wisdom program breast cancer screening program for Native American women.
- Young patients with cancer whose fertility is at risk due to cancer treatment will have access to fertility-sparing treatments (if feasible) and/or be referred to reproductive endocrinologists for assisted reproductive technology.
Top notch, innovative research on breast and gynecologic cancers, with the overall goal of promoting team science and program projects, and increasing participation on clinical trials
- The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to increasing accrual to oncology clinical trials. Creation of a Comprehensive Women’s Cancer Care Program enhances our efforts to increase access to clinical trials focused on breast and gynecologic cancers.
- Innovative translational (bench to bedside) oncology research projects would be greatly supported by participation of women with breast and gynecologic cancers who come to the Women’s Cancer Care Program, knowing that this is a unique community resource.
- Development of the Women’s Cancer Care Program would encourage philanthropy, which would greatly support research funding (see below).
Education for future oncology providers who specialize in the care of women’s cancers
- The UC Davis Medical Center trains residents and fellows who are engaged in oncology care including Surgery, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, and Hematology/Oncology.
- Gynecologic Oncology has a specialized fellowship-training program for gynecologic cancers.
- Development of the Women’s Cancer Care Program would lead to specialized training for breast cancer care.
- Academic mentorship program for female oncologists who wish to specialize in treatment of breast and/or gynecologic cancers (similar to ELAM – Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, an organization that pays special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.
Philanthropy to support and expand the Women’s Cancer Care Program
- Institutions commonly support these research efforts through supplemental funding using clinical revenue. As federal funding and clinical revenues diminish, programs are becoming severely underfunded. Thus, deserving research programs are at great risk for becoming de-funded and ceasing to exist.
- Philanthropy has been able to cover a significant portion of the research funding in some institutions. In particular, donations to support research can be used to provide critical seed money or bridge funding while investigators seek federal funding. Significant gifts can be used to underwrite endowed research chairs, which can free productive physician-researchers to focus on oncology investigations.
- A Comprehensive Women’s Cancer Care Program would provide a focus for donors who are passionate about support for breast and gynecologic cancer care and research. Creation of the Program demonstrates institutional support and help convince future donors that their gifts would have a credible return on investment.
Administrative support network to coordinate and grow the Women’s Cancer Care Program
- Physician oncology champions would be chosen to create and oversee the Program
- Administrative staff support would be focused on development of the Women’s Cancer Care Program